Press release provided by Charlotte Checkers.
The Checkers continued right where they left off with a resounding 7-3 win over the Hershey Bears.
Charlotte’s offense came out firing with five different skaters tallying goals, including Tomas Jurco and Martin Necas who each contributed two. Jurco had himself a five-point night, adding three assists to his aforementioned two goals.
The first period brought the physical response the Checkers were expecting, as a total of eight penalties were called in the first 20 minutes alone. Zach Nastasiuk opened Charlotte’s account after finishing a rebound off a Jurco effort. Hershey managed to tie it up in the closing minutes to make it 1-1 going into the first intermission.
Necas opened the middle frame with his first goal of the playoffs after an all too familiar snipe from the dot to make it 2-1. Just four minutes later, Morgan Geekie walked through, dangled and put home his fifth goal of the playoffs. Once again, Hershey scored right before intermission to claw back to 3-2.
The Checkers’ forwards commanded the final 20 minutes. Just four minutes into the third period, Jurco tallied his first goal of the night. Three minutes later, Julien Gauthier sniped his third goal of the playoffs off a feed from the recently returned Trevor Carrick. Jurco and Necas added their second goals of the night shortly after to bring the final score to 7-3.
The Checkers will take their 2-0 series lead up to Hershey on Tuesday, May 7, for Game 3 at 7 p.m.